Shimron Hetmyer led a triumvirate of left-handed batsmen that collected half-centuries, as the WICB President’s XI made Pakistan toil in the field all day in their first-class tour match yesterday.
Hetmyer, the West Indies Under-19 World Cup-winning captain, led the way with a typically enterprising 97, fellow Guyana Jaguars batsman Vishaul Singh was unbeaten on 81 and the resurgent Kieran Powell made 58, as the President’s XI reached 311 for five in their first innings at the close, after deciding to bat on a windy, but clear first day of the three-day contest at the Trelawny Multiplex.
Hetmyer dominated the first half of the day and shared 148 for the second wicket with Powell to lay a solid platform for the rest of the home team’s batting to flourish, which Singh did, to anchor two half-century stands with Jahmar Hamilton and left-handed Jaguars teammate Raymon Reifer.
The day started with Kyle Hope—one of the contenders to open the batting with Kraigg Brathwaite in the forthcoming three-Test series against the Pakistanis—being caught at forward short-leg for two from a sharply rising, second ball of the match from left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir.
Hetmyer came to the crease and immediately got into the groove and continued to bat fluently throughout his near 2 ½ hour stay in the middle that yielded 11 fours and two sixes. But Powell was prepared to bide his time and chose discretion as the best part of valour. The pair carried the composite side to 119 for one at lunch, but Hetmyer was dismissed inside the first hour after the interval just when it seemed that they were about to jam down hard on the accelerator.
Hetmyer was eventually caught at slip off leg-spinner Yasir Shah playing defensively forward to his 115th ball to leave the hosts on 150 for two.
Powell was unfortunate when he was run out eight balls later, failing to beat Asad Shafiq’s direct hit at the striker’s end from cover, as the left-hander advanced for a single, but got a negative response from his captain Shamarh Brooks at the bowler’s end.
Brooks added 34 with Singh before left-arm spinner Muhammad Asghar trapped him lbw to leave the President’s XI on 193 for four.
Hamilton joined Singh and carried the Caribbean side to 214 for four at tea.
They shared 51 for the fifth wicket during which Singh passed 50 before Amir bowled Hamilton for 26 in the first hour after the break.
For the remainder of the day, Singh and Reifer defied all that the Pakistanis served up to add 67—unbroken—for the sixth wicket.
WICB PRESIDENT’S XI 311-5 (Shimron Hetmyer 97, Vishaul Singh 81 not out, Kieran Powell 58, Raymon Reifer 36 not out, Jahmar Hamilton 26; Mohammad Amir 2-45) vs PAKISTANIS
Regional 4-Day scores:
VOLCANOES 95 (Sunil Ambris 29, Shane Shillingford 24; Keemo Paul 6-28)
JAGUARS 210-2 (Assad Fudadin 113 not out, Chanderpaul Hemraj 54, Rajindra Chandrika 35)
PRIDE 297-6 (Justin Greaves 104 not out, Kenroy Williams 82, Kyle corbin 51, Ashley Nurse 33 not out; Derval Green 2-36, Dennis Bulli 2-86) vs SCORPIONS.